Zorro has been in cinema history for a long time, from The Mark of Zorro (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks up to The Legend of Zorro (2005) starring Antonio Banderas. There have been many movies and TV shows in between. We reported a little while ago about Zorro 2.0, but that hasn’t gotten off the ground.

It seems that Disney Branded Television is going to produce a live-action series, starring Wilmer Valderrama, best known for That 70s Show, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and most recently, NCIS.

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In the new series, Valderrama is set to star as Don Diego de la Vega and his swashbuckling alter ego Zorro, the masked man in the days of Spanish California.

The original story of Zorro (which is Spanish for ‘Fox’ #education), is about a fictional character created in 1919 by American pulp writer Johnston McCulley. The masked man was a vigilante who would defend the commoners and indigenous people of California against the corrupt and tyrannical officials of the state, an early Batman or Elon Musk.

This new version will be a reimagining of the Disney-ABC Zorro series starring Guy Williams that was originally shown in the 1950s. It had 78 episodes airing between 1957 – 1959, with four hour-long episodes airing in the early 1960s.

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Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, has said:

“We’re reimagining this Disney classic as a compelling period piece, set in Pueblo de Los Angeles, but told in a very modern telenovela style — with richly drawn contemporary characters and relationships set against the action, drama, suspense and humor of the original, iconic Zorro.

Wilmer shares our commitment to reflect the interesting and rich diversity of the human experience and we look forward to delivering a culturally relevant and entertaining story with definitional characters that will connect with our viewers for generations to come.”

It all sounded good right up until the announcement. There is no news on when the new series will be out at the moment.

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